Tuesday Afternoon News, May 24th
Iowa Supreme Court Says No To Argosy Casino
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has ended a long legal battle between the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino and state gambling regulators and the casino's former local partner.
The court rejected the Belle of Sioux City's request to review an Iowa Court of Appeals decision that upheld previous rulings leading to the casino's closure.
In March, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's denial of the Belle of Sioux City's gaming license didn't violate the Belle's right to due process. The court said the Argosy's incomplete gambling license renewal applications in 2012 and 2013 didn't trigger protections spelled out in Iowa law.
The Supreme Court upheld that ruling. The Belle's application for review was the company's last opportunity to keep the case open.
Spirit Lake Woman Improving After Being Ran Over By A Pick Up Truck
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Hospital officials say a Spirit Lake pedestrian is in fair condition after she was struck by a pickup truck and dragged for over 600 feet.
Officials at the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota say Tuesday that 39-year-old Kathryn Kline's vital signs are stable and she is conscious.
Authorities say Kline was walking across U.S. Highway 71 in Spirit Lake with a green light Thursday when she was struck by a pickup driven by 87-year-old Earl Millikan, of Lake Park.
A police report says Millikan didn't realize he struck the woman and continued driving with Kline pinned underneath the pickup for about 635 feet.
Kline was taken to a Spirit Lake hospital with serious injuries and transferred to the Sioux Falls hospital.
Millikan was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk under a green arrow.
Sex Case Against Des Moines Basketball Coach Has Been Dropped
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The sex abuse case against a Des Moines high school girls' basketball coach has been dismissed.
Forty seven-year-old Gerald "Tig" Johnson, a Roosevelt High School teacher, was charged in December with sexual exploitation by a school employee and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He was placed on administrative leave.
Prosecutors said a video showed Johnson calling a 16-year-old girl out of class and having sexual contact with her in his classroom.
School officials say they saved the video, but the digital file became corrupted and couldn't be viewed.
A judge ruled Friday that witnesses couldn't testify about the video. Prosecutors say that ruling prevented them from proving Johnson's guilt.
The judge ruled that not having the video was unfair to Johnson.
Six Graders Suspended From School For Shooting Airsoft Gun
POSTVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The Postville school superintendent in northeast Iowa says two sixth-graders have been suspended for shooting airsoft guns at five classmates.
Superintendent Abe Maske said Tuesday that none of the five suffered serious injuries from the plastic pellets fired Monday afternoon outside the kindergarten-through-sixth-grade building after lunch. Maske says the district is still investigating the incident so he couldn't yet say what final discipline the students will face. The last day of classes is Friday.
The airsoft guns are considered weapons under the district policy.
Maske also says that near as he knows the two boys haven't been criminally charged. The Postville police chief didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press.
Airsoft guns are used for recreation and have become training tools for law enforcement and military agencies.